American Babies with guest bass guitarist, Andrew Altman (Railroad Earth), will perform at Red Square in Albany on Saturday, April 6th. Rodeo Barons will open the show. Doors open at 8:00 PM.
Since 2007 American Babies has been the mouthpiece for Philadelphia based musician Tom Hamilton. After spending the early 2000s building a national fan base fronting the electro-rock band Brothers Past, releasing two critically acclaimed albums and averaging 150 shows a year, a change was in order. Hamilton looked to shed the electronic “bleeps-n-boops” production that had become his calling card and make an album that was loose, rolling and full of vibe.
So Hamilton moved to Brooklyn and enlisted friends Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo, Furthur), Kevin Kendrick (Fat Mama), and brother Jim Hamilton to hit the studio with producer Jon Altschiller (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and a dozen songs that spawned American Babies self-titled release in 2008. “That first album was exactly what I wanted it to be. A few guys whom are great friends sitting around playing tunes that they all liked and having a good time together. We let the tape roll and just hung out laughing, drinking, and making fun of each other. Somewhere in there we managed to play some great stuff.”
Hamilton hit the road with American Babies either playing solo shows or with a rotating cast of players that included Russo, brother Jim Hamilton, Scott Metzger (Gene Ween Band), Dave Driewitz (Ween), and Ryan Thornton (Sean Bones) landing showcases on Festivals like Bonnaroo and CMJ, Langerado, SxSW and Newport Folk as well as supporting slots for the Derek Trucks Band, Sheryl Crow, The National and the Wood Brothers.
2009 found Hamilton bringing it all back home as he moved back to Philadelphia and partnered with producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) to record American Babies’ second LP Flawed Logic. Using mostly Philadelphia based resources, writing and recording consumed the entire year. Since the release of Flawed Logic, Hamilton has found a more permanent, like-minded lineup to fill out the band with Brooklyn-based drummer Dave Butler (Lee Scratch Perry) and fellow Philly folks Adam Flicker (The Brakes) on keys and Mark Karwan on Bass. The band has been turning heads all year and will be living on the road for the foreseeable future.